Five things Packers must address in their bye week

Green Bay Packers, Matt LaFleur (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Matt LaFleur (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /
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Green Bay Packers, Rasul Douglas
Green Bay Packers, Rasul Douglas (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

Red-zone defense

We can’t have too many complaints about the Packers’ defense. After a shaky start to the year, they’ve really come on. Joe Barry’s unit dominated in matchups with the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, and Seattle Seahawks, before a setback against the Minnesota Vikings.

Last week against the Los Angeles Rams, the Packers did give up plenty of yards and allowed two big touchdown passes, but they also forced two turnovers including a pick-six from Rasul Douglas.

One area in need of improvement is the red-zone defense.

According to, Green Bay is allowing touchdowns on 71.88 percent of opponents’ red-zone trips, which is the third-worst record in football. The good news is they’ve improved over the past three games, allowing 57.14 percent.

Weirdly, at home, the defense has been strong. In home games, the Packers have a league-best red-zone defense, allowing TDs on just 40 percent of trips. But on the road, they are allowing a league-worst 86.36 percent of red-zone trips to be converted into touchdowns.

This defense has come a long way and is a strength of the team. The Packers have improved recently in the red zone, but it should remain a point of emphasis for Matt LaFleur and Joe Barry in the bye week.